Have You Had A Chimney Inspection This Year? It is a great idea to have annual chimney inspections just to make sure everything is in working order and operating correctly. You may be due for a cleaning or have other deficiencies that may interfere with the proper use of your fireplace, wood stove, furnace or other heating appliances. Don't risk having a serious defect that could turn into a disaster, get your chimney inspected by our trained technicians.
Every technician that performs chimney inspections is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, fully licensed and insured to do work in Connecticut. When our employees arrive at your home they will be driving a marked vehicle, have proper credentials and i.d., and be dressed in our company uniform. We have served all of Connecticut since 1984 and pride ourselves on providing the absolute best chimney services available for our customers.
You will see us regularly in area towns like Wethersfield, West Hartford, South Windsor, Newington, Tolland, Glastonbury, Simsbury, Avon, Farmington, Cromwell, Middletown, Windsor, Bloomfield and many more. Northeastern Chimney LLC, a name to trust.
When Do I Need A Chimney Inspection?
When having performance issues with your fireplace, chimney or heating system your symptoms may indicate that things are not operating the way they should. Don't wait, schedule an inspection. Waiting always results in more costly remedies and repairs and unfortunately can result in property loss, injuries and death. Each year over 200 million dollars are lost because homeowners were using unsafe systems.
If you have recently purchased a home, it is always a good idea to get the chimney and flue system inspected. If you have upgraded or changed heating systems, or added a wood stove - you really need to make sure that your chimney and venting systems are working properly and designed to handle the changes. If you have not used your fireplace in a long time that is a good reason to get a chimney inspection. When you don't use the fireplace much, that can give pests a chance to clog your flues with their nests. Winter freezes and thaws take a toll on masonry and liner materials over many years of exposure. Many times homeowners experience weather related deterioration that if left unchecked can effect the structural integrity of your chimney and flue.
There are 3 Levels of Chimney Inspection
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has established industry standards that define the different levels of chimney inspection.
Level 1 Chimney Inspection
When you have us perform annual inspections as a part of your routine maintenance, a level one inspection is performed and is many times done in tandem with a chimney cleaning. We will examine the accessible interior and exterior components of your chimney, flue and fireplace or heating appliance connection. This includes the damper, smoke chamber, firebox, cap, crown and masonry and/or structural elements. We are looking for any areas that may cause potential trouble including structural or flue defects and problems with connections to appliance venting. Any blockages, creosote and soot build-up or other defects will be reported to you along with suggested remedies.
The Level 1 inspection is a great way to have peace of mind that your system can provide continued safe use through the heating season.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection
If you have made any changes to your system, such as change in fuel type, chimney relining, furnace replacement or new stove or appliance installation we recommend a Level 2 Chimney Inspection. Perhaps you have just purchased the home and are not sure about the condition of the chimney system or have had symptoms of a poorly operating system - this requires a closer look with an in-depth look at the entire chimney, furnace or stove system. Along with the Level 1 criteria, we use a color video inspection tool to do a top to bottom look at your chimney during a Level 2 inspection. All internal surfaces and joints will be inspected for weaknesses that may compromise performance and safety. A report that details all findings is provided in writing and estimates can be provided for any repairs that may be needed. We never proceed with any repairs prior to your authorization during an inspection.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection
This is the most in-depth inspection offered and along with the points covered in Levels 1 and 2, the Level 3 Chimney Inspection may require that portions of some areas of concern be opened up or removed for inspection including bricks, flue pipes, interior walls, chimney crowns, caps and other components. This type of inspection is only done when earlier surveys reveal potentially serious problems that require access to site of the problem. This level is needed in less than 2 percent of all inspections, and only when serious problems that require quick attention are detected.
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